Credit Flexibility

Integrated Coursework and Awarding Simultaneous Credit Guidance for Schools

State law allows districts, schools, community schools and chartered nonpublic schools to integrate content standards from multiple subject areas into a single course for which students can earn simultaneous credit. This document outlines processes and considerations to support schools in developing integrated courses. It also provides guidance for awarding appropriate credit for high school students to satisfy Ohio’s graduation requirements. 


This education option gives students a way to be in charge of their learning. For some students, they see more value in school (“Why do I have to learn this?”) when they can connect learning with real world situations and future jobs. Credit flexibility is one way to increase a student’s interest in school and motivation to learn.

The key to this option is that the student drives the request to learn differently as well as the plan to earn the credit. A specific interest of the student is the basis for the request. The family starts by listening to their child.

  1. Every school district has a policy on credit flexibility.  The student and family should find and review the policy.
  2. The student and family talks with the principal, counselor and teachers about the way to fulfill the student’s request and to meet requirements for earning a high school credit or credits.
  3. The school approves the plan, which includes how the student will know he or she has succeeded. In some cases, the how could be a test, a project or a combination of several measures.

The teacher assigned with the plan oversees that the student is doing the work, meeting the goals and making progress in learning.  If the student does not complete all elements in the plan or is not successful in demonstrating the knowledge and skills needed, then the student will not earn the credit. If this occurs, the student can go into a traditional classroom to earn the credit. It is the responsibility of the student to do the work to succeed in the plan. The teacher guides the student with feedback.

There is no one way to develop a credit flexibility plan. So the Ohio Department of Education does not provide a model plan. The student, school and family create the plan together. This includes discussion about any costs associated with the plan. The school may cover some costs, while families may need to handle some costs. The plan should include the costs and responsibility for payment. 

Last Modified: 12/4/2019 2:37:44 PM